Callaghan, Joseph


War Service:
Petty Officer JOSEPH CALLAGHAN was killed on 9 July 1917 while serving on the battleship HMS Vanguard. At about 11.20pm Vanguard was destroyed by a series of explosions while at anchor in Scapa Flow in the Orkneys, killing more than 800 of her crew. It is believed that the explosions began in one of the mid-ship magazines.

He was lost at sea and is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorial at St Mildred’s church, Lee.



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